$25,200. My Upload aims to make it easy for library users to contribute to digital collections through an online, open-source upload tool that corresponds to a metadata template for simple ingestion into any digital collection database. Columbus Metropolitan Library will document the process in a white paper, release the software under an open-source license, and publish it on GitHub.
GaNCH: Using Linked Open Data for Georgia’s Natural, Cultural and Historic Organizations’ Disaster Response
$16,190. This project will create a publicly editable directory of Georgia’s Natural, Cultural and Historical Organizations (NCHs), allowing for quick retrieval of location and contact information for disaster response. Directory information will be uploaded to Wikidata, the linked open data database from the Wikimedia Foundation. Directory information will be delivered via a website, allowing emergency responders to quickly search for NCHs in disaster areas.
A summary and analysis of the cognitive walkthrough, usability study, and user survey performed on americansouth.org
In accordance with the grant proposal submitted to and approved by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project staff at AmericanSouth.org is to “coordinate specific evaluations of AmericanSouth.org from the perspectives of … scholars and other users.” The types of testing to be conducted were specified as including “evaluation and usability studies.”
This Guidebook is designed to serve as a practical reference source to help open source software programs serving cultural and scientific heritage organizations plan for long-term sustainability, ensuring that commitment and resources will be available at levels sufficient for the software to remain viable and effective as long as it is needed.
Data-Intensive Tools for Modeling and Visualizing Mass Reading The ‘Reading Chicago Reading’ ProjectJohn Shanahan, Robin Burke & Ana Lucic
$24,352 to support development of new models of data for civic reading initiatives across book content, social media, city demographics, and other factors, with an interactive dashboard and visualizations to provide insights for academic and public librarians and the general public. More information about the project can be found at: https://dh.depaul.press/reading-chicago/.
$25,816 to develop an informational video and a set of instructional materials that will empower libraries of all kinds to partner effectively with community groups to organize day-long digitizing events to collect photographs, stories, memories, and other community-based cultural heritage materials documenting our nation’s collective history.
This is the slide presentation from the 2018 LYRASIS Leaders Summit documenting the DePaul University Catalyst Fund project - Data-Intensive Tools for Modeling and Visualization Mass Reading. A recording of this presentation is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_MvB2ScdsU.
NHPRC GRANT AWARD RQ-102995-19: ‘Small & Diverse Archival Organization Needs Assessment Project’ Survey ReportThomas F.R. Clareson & Leigh A. Grinstead
YRASIS received a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Records Cooperative Agreement beginning on October 1, 2019, for a “Small and Diverse Archival Organization Needs Assessment Project.” The goal of the project was to assess small and diverse archival organizations and repositories to outline the barriers to their long-term sustainability, growth, and public access. Project activities included a detailed survey of small archives and follow-up focus groups to explore results.
$16,310 to develop a curriculum and provide an institute to prepare librarians and library staff for the quantitative research required to show their value, assess library services and student learning, and better serve their communities.
LYRASIS 2020 Open Content Survey Report: Understanding the Landscape of Open Content Activities in United States LibrariesJill E. Grogg & Hannah Rosen
Cultural heritage organizations have long struggled to ensure their users cost-effective, widespread information access. This situation presents challenges and opportunities, both of which have evolved over time. The open content movement has expanded that challenge to supporting and advocating for content free of barriers and paywalls. Open content touches many areas of librarianship, but it is often difficult to understand how libraries approach this movement through internal activities and external financial support. The LYRASIS open...
This is the slide presentation from the 2019 LYRASIS Leaders Summit documenting the Columbus Metropolitan Library Catalyst Fund project - My Upload: Engaging Library Users in Digital Collections.
This is the slide presentation from the 2018 LYRASIS Leaders Summit documenting the University of Massachusetts Boston Catalyst Fund project - Online Instruction for Participatory Archiving.
This is the slide presentation from the 2019 LYRASIS Leaders Summit documenting the University of Michigan Catalyst Fund project - Open Data Toolkit Based on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Principles.
Mapping the Historic West End: The Digital History of an African American Neighborhood in Charlotte, North CarolinaBrandon Lunsford
$25,000 to he James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. SMith University to create a web and mobile app framework for publishing location-based content including historical photographs, documents, and oral histories that will populate a digital interactive map. The map will document the Historic West End, a vibrant 150-year old African American community that surrounds the university on the west side of Charlotte, North Carolina and is currently faced with rising gentrification and social...
LYRASIS 2020 DEI Survey Report: Understanding the Scope of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Activities in United States LibrariesHannah Rosen & Jill E. Grogg
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as an aggregate concern presents both opportunities and challenges for cultural heritage organizations. In an effort to gauge current policies and practices regarding DEI, LYRASIS surveyed its membership of more than 1,000 galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM) institutions about their activities in three distinct areas: policy and infrastructure; recruiting, training, and retaining a diverse staff; and maintaining/building diverse collections.The core output of this survey is the 2020 LYRASIS DEI...
LYRASIS 2019 Accessibility Survey Report: Understanding the Landscape of Library Accessibility for Online MaterialsHannah Rosen & Jill E. Grogg
Accommodating users with disabilities is not a new endeavor for libraries. However, the evolving landscape of content digitization and the shifting nature of the scholarly communication eco-system presents new challenges for libraries attempting to adhere to institutional policies and meet legal requirements regarding online accessibility for those users. The LYRASIS accessibility survey was conducted in early 2019 as a mechanism to better understand how (primarily academic) libraries within the United States are handling accessibility for...
In 2005 SOLINET conducted a survey to collect information from members about their needs and interests in regard to continuing education and professional development. SOLINET asked about preferences for course topics, class delivery methods, and communications, and wanted to know what factors are important to you when making a decision to register (or not) for a course. The survey was designed to learn more about user evaluations of SOLINET’s Educational Services.
Using Linked Open Data for Georgia’s Natural Cultural and Historic Organizations’ Disaster Response (GaNCH)
This is the slide presentation from the 2019 LYRASIS Leaders Summit documenting the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library Catalyst Fund project - Using Linked Open Data for Georgia’s Natural, Cultural and Historic Organizations’ Disaster Response.
$25,000. The goal of this research project is to determine the most effective facial recognition application for use with digitized archive images from cultural heritage institutions and provide opportunities for future development. Florida International University computer scientists and librarians will conduct qualitative assessments of facial recognition application models. This project addresses the issue of incomplete metadata within digital repositories and decreases the time involved in locating and matching images of people.
Findings are reported from four projects initiated through funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2001 to explore applications of metadata harvesting using the OAI-PMH. Metadata inconsistencies among providers have been encountered and strategies for normalization have been studied. Additional findings concerning harvesting are format conflicts, harvesting problems, provider system development, and questions regarding the entire cycle of metadata production, dissemination, and use (termed metadata gardening, rather than harvesting).
A Report on the Return of Gulf Coast Libraries in Mississippi and Louisiana for the Gulf Coast Libraries ProjectAlan Burger & Leslie Burger
In 2005, over 21 public libraries along the Gulf Coast in Louisiana and Mississippi were destroyed, seriously damaged and unable to open in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Library leaders in both states quickly realized that libraries had a key role to play in the storm recovery effort and that the resources required to reopen and rebuild all of the destroyed facilities were beyond their local and state capacity. By January 2006, efforts...
$28,800 to enable cultural institutions and communities of all sizes to be prepared for and able to implement digital collecting strategies during and after rapidly evolving social events and community crises by creating templates and documentation to quickly set up an open source tool to collect and provide access to digital materials including photos, videos and social media.
In Summer 2019, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) selected LYRASIS Consulants Tom Clareson and Leigh Grinstead to manage a research project to assess the needs of small and diverse archival repositories. The LYRASIS approach to the needs assessment was to work with the archival community on both an online survey project and a series of virtual focus groups. The report below provides information on both of those project components, and provides recommendations...
$27,000 to complete a feasibility study that will assess and plan for the future collaborative technical infrastructure for an open-source congressional correspondence data access tool, to improve how libraries process and provide access to large data sets with sensitive information and how scholars and the public use data related to Americans’ civic engagement.
This is the slide presentation from the 2017 LYRASIS Leaders Summit documenting the University of Nebraska at Omaha Catalyst Fund project - Mobile Digitization for Rural Community Archives.